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To mark William Shakespeare’s birthday, here is a reminder of some of his plays staged at the National Theatre.

Hamlet, Peter O’Toole, 1963

As You Like It, Charles Kay and Ronald Pickup, 1967

Much Ado About Nothing, Penelope Wilton and Michael Gambon, 1981

Richard III, Ian McKellen, 1990

Henry V, Adrian Lester, 2003

Alls Well That Ends Well, George Rainsford and Oliver Ford Davies, 2009

Twelfth Night, Rebecca Hall, 2011

King Lear, Simon Russell Beale and Adrian Scarborough, 2014


David Tennant: Richard II (Act II, Scene 1)

Duke of York: He loves you, on my life, and holds you dear as Harry Duke of Hereford,
were he here.
Richard II: Right, you say true. As Hereford’s love, so his. As theirs, so mine,
and all be as it is.
Northumberland: My liege, old Gaunt commends him to your majesty.
Richard II: What says he?
Northumberland: Nay, nothing. All is said. His tongue is now a stringless instrument.
Words, life and all, old Lancaster hath spent.

Shakespeare Saturday with Sam

Save the date – this Saturday, starting at 1pm central, I will be streaming four exceptional Shakespeare films:

1pm - 3pm: Richard III (1995)
With Ian McKellan, Annette Bening, and Robert Downey Jr.

3pm - 5pm: Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
With Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson

5pm - 8pm: Hamlet (2009)
With David Tennant and Oliver Ford Davies

8pm - 10:30pm: Twelfth Night (1996)
With Ben Kingsley and Helena Bonham Carter

You bring the popcorn, I’ll bring the most admired prose in all of western drama.

anonymous asked:

There's a picture of a Melissandre miniature painted eerie bluish instead of red under the instructions of GRRM. Emilia Clarke once slipped when Stannis was strangling Melissandre, she looked like she came back from dead "because...oh wait, we're not supposed to talk about this yet". Finally Oliver Ford Davis (Maester Cressen) let it slip in an interview Melissandre is 400 years old. I wish I was allowed to post links to prove it to you. So what do you think it's the deal with Melissandre?

I’d never seen or heard of any of these interviews or slips, so I’ll just try to answer your question based on the books and my own theories.

I assume when you say “What’s the deal with Melisandre?” you mean her age and her appearance. (Because otherwise, I’m pretty sure that she does believe Stannis to be the Azor Ahai reborn, and she really does want to stop the Long Night from ending the world. We’ve seen as much in her POV.)

It’s entirely possible that Melisandre is much older than she seems. She has the appearance of a young woman, but certain hints understandably lead people to believe otherwise. 

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RSC Richard II, Act 4, Scene 1, part 16 of 19.

(Act 1, Scene 1 | Act 1, Scene 2 | Act 1, Scene 3 | Act 1, Scene 4

 Act 2, Scene 1 | Act 2, Scene 2 | Act 2, Scene 3 | Act 2, Scene 4

 Act 3, Scene 1 | Act 3, Scene 2 | Act 3, Scene 3 | Act 3, Scene 4)